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Internal Medicine Interest Group of the Month: University of Utah

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The Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) at the University of Utah School of Medicine has made many changes this year to improve our student membership, participation, and interest in internal medicine and its various subspecialties. With new co-presidents and wonderful advisors, we set out to energize students and find new ways to get students involved in the ACP. Some of our great leaders who have made an impact on this year's success are: Becky Kroll (Co-President); Landon Dickson (Co-President); Allyson Pace (Co-President); Michael Battistone, MD (IMIG Advisor); Grant Cannon, MD, FACP (ACP Utah Chapter Governor); and Shauna Gulso (Administrative Assistant).

At Freshman Orientation, we recruited 116 new ACP Medical Student Members (with only 100 incoming freshmen). We have since recruited more and continue to look for opportunities to grow our membership.

In trying to broaden students' understanding of internal medicine and its subspecialties, we set up a series of luncheons with unique guest speakers such as a transplant pulmonologist, the chief of geriatrics, a private practice internist, and an internal medicine match panel.

We also helped plan and participate in this year's ACP Utah Chapter Scientific Meeting. This year, we had more medical students attend than physicians. Medical student winners in the Associates & Medical Student Poster Competition were: Thomas B. Skidmore, MS III, “Disappearing Bone Disease” (3rd Place, Clinical Posters); Eric Glissmeyer, MS II, “Relationship of Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptor-2 Mutations and Vasoreactivity in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension” (1st Place, Research Posters); Landon Dickson, MS II, “Heat Shock Protein HSPB2 Expression Reverses Paradoxical Cardioprotection of CRYAB and HSPB2 Deficiency After Severe Ischemia-Reperfusion in Mice” (2nd Place, Research Posters); and Nathan Faulkner, MS II, “Isolated Ectopia Lentis Caused by a Novel Mutation in Fibrillin-1” (3rd Place, Research Posters).

The IMIG at the University of Utah realizes that early exposure and interaction is key in motivating students to pursue an internal medicine career. We try to provide opportunities for students by getting them involved in activities, planning committees for conferences and meetings, and in leadership opportunities. We are also planning exciting new activities for next year, such as an immunization clinic at the VA Hospital in conjunction with the Geriatrics Interest Group.

Landon Dickson, MSII
Becky Kroll, MSII
Allyson Pace, MSII
IMIG Co-Presidents, University of Utah School of Medicine
e-mail: Landon.Dickson@hsc.utah.edu

Back to May 2006 Issue of IMpact

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